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Cake, cake, and more cake!

Posted on 27/09/2016 by
ITC Head of Group Services Michelle Chatfield and Student Services Advisor Sharon Roy pose with one of ITC's 20th birthday cakes.

ITC Head of Group Services Michelle Chatfield and Student Services Advisor Sharon Roy pose with one of ITC’s 20th birthday cakes.

The International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) is caked out. Earlier this month, we treated all staff and students to a piece of delicious cake to celebrate our 20th birthday – resulting in a mild but totally-worth-it ‘cake hangover’.

“It was cake overload!” says ITC Marketing Director Claire Huxley.

“We ordered a giant cake for the morning and afternoon classes at both campuses. It was wonderful to take some time out of the day to celebrate this special occasion.”

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Lesley’s Travel Journal: Three weeks in Asia

Posted on 20/09/2016 by
ITC International Marketing Manager, Lesley Brough, shares some highlights from her three-week business trip to Asia.

ITC International Marketing Manager, Lesley Brough, shares some highlights from her three-week business trip to Asia.

Lesley Brough is ITC’s International Marketing Manager. Every few months, she travels overseas to promote the College, meet with agents and potential students, and attend education events. While these trips are for work, she does get to see some pretty amazing places (all in the name of business). Below, she shares some highlights from her recent trip to Asia, where she visited Hong Kong, Macau, China, and Taiwan. 

I had a wonderful time in Asia. I was there for three weeks (my longest trip of the year) and I visited seven cities across four countries. I also used nearly every mode of travel available – plane, boat, bus, train, even push bike!

I met with several agents and they were all warm and welcoming. The weather was extremely warm, so travelling to meetings in corporate clothing was a bit of a challenge! I ended up purchasing a mini fan to keep me cool – a must-have if you visit Asia in summer.

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Introducing Irena Wysoczanski

Posted on 13/09/2016 by
Meet Irena Wysoczanski - ITC's Academic Support Co-ordinator

Meet Irena Wysoczanski – ITC’s Academic Support Co-ordinator.

Irena Wysoczanski enjoyed a fantastic career at Air New Zealand, both as a flight attendant and trainer, before joining ITC earlier this year. 

My journey in tourism and travel began many years ago when I joined Air New Zealand as a Flight Attendant in 1974. I flew for 25 years, both with the International and Domestic airlines. I progressed through each ‘rank’ and enjoyed meeting customers in Economy, Business Class and First Class Cabins – they always had interesting stories to share about their lives and travels!

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Happy Birthday ITC!

Posted on 30/08/2016 by
This year, ITC is celebrating its 20th birthday, marking two decades since it opened its doors to students in 1996.

This year, ITC is celebrating its 20th birthday, marking two decades since it first opened its doors in 1996.

What were you doing 20 years ago? Whether you were studying, working, travelling, or even yet to be born, something happened 20 years ago that has since shaped the life of thousands of travel and tourism students: ITC was born.

On 3 September 1996, the International Travel College of New Zealand opened its doors for the first time. This was long before the days of the City Road or Botany campus; the first campus was located on Hobson Street in Auckland city, just around the corner from the Sky Tower (which was built only two years prior, in 1994).

Founded by Karen Houston, ITC quickly earned an excellent reputation for its innovative teaching methods and intimate class sizes. Back then, as now, studying at ITC was like ‘being part of a family’. You don’t just walk away with a qualification; you walk away with lifelong friends and a passion for travel and tourism.

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ITC Industry News Bulletin #64

Posted on 25/08/2016 by
In this week's New Zealand tourism news, visitor numbers continue to soar, the Tourism Awards finalists have been announced, and much more.

In this week’s New Zealand tourism news, visitor numbers continue to soar, finalists for the New Zealand Tourism Awards have been announced, and much more.

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Water views Auckland

2016 New Zealand Tourism Awards finalists announced 

The finalists for this year’s New Zealand Tourism Awards have been chosen, with 28 different brands in the running for various honours across eight business categories and two individual categories.

With individuals and groups spanning the nation, and tourism operators varying from thermal pools and ski fields to hotels and theme parks, the awards represent some of the very best of the country’s offerings. Plus, the awards align with New Zealand’s goal of reaching a $41 billion tourism revenue target by 2025.

Finalists can look forward to September 29 when the winners will be announced during a dinner and ceremony in Auckland.

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Introducing Nicola Turner

Posted on 23/08/2016 by
Please give a warm welcome to Nicola Turner, the new course advisor at ITC's South Auckland Campus.

Please give a warm welcome to Nicola Turner, the new course advisor at ITC’s South Auckland Campus.

Nicola Turner recently joined ITC’s South Auckland campus as a part-time Course Advisor. Below she tells us a little bit about herself and her travels to-date. 

My career in the travel and tourism industry started straight from school where I got a job working in a travel agency. I worked my way up from a junior consultant selling bus tickets around New Zealand, to a senior consultant selling holidays around the world, before I decided to head off on my own big O.E (overseas experience).

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A day in the life of Tessa Henwood – ITC’s Head of Academic Services

Posted on 09/08/2016 by
Head of Academic Services Tessa Henwood with ITC Managing Director Kerry Priestley.

Head of Academic Services Tessa Henwood with ITC Managing Director Kerry Priestley at the 2015 Graduation Ceremony.

Known for her warm sense of humour, impeccable organisational skills, and infectious enthusiasm, Tessa Henwood is ITC’s Head of Academic Services. So what exactly does she do? Below she chats to Jess about her ‘not-so-typical typical day’ at work and shares some time management tips and tricks.

Describe your typical day

[Laughs]. I’m laughing because I don’t think I have a typical day! Every day is so random and different it’s crazy. Today, for example, I’ve got a half-eaten apple on my desk and a very cold coffee, because every time I go to do something there’s a student or tutor at my door. I love it though – and fortunately I actually quite like cold coffee. I’ve even been known to put ice cubes in it!

But there are some consistencies. I usually get into work at around 6:30am. Partly because I’m an early riser, and partly because I like to get in before everyone else. Generally that means I open the college, unlock all the classrooms and turn on all the lights. Then I get a coffee, turn on my computer, and check my emails. After that I check my calendar to see what I’ve got on in terms of meetings, and I use my calendar to plan my workload. I also have a written to-do list in my book. I would be lost without my to-do list!

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Lesley’s Travel Journal: Highlights from South Korea and Thailand

Posted on 12/07/2016 by
ITC International Marketing Manager Lesley Brough shares highlights from her recent work trip to Thailand and South Korea.

ITC International Marketing Manager Lesley Brough shares highlights from her recent work trip to Thailand and South Korea.

Lesley Brough is ITC’s International Marketing Manager. Every few months, she travels overseas to promote the College, meet with agents and potential students, and attend education events.

While these trips are for work, she does get the opportunity to see some pretty amazing places (all in the name of business).

Below, she shares some highlights from her most recent trip to South Korea and Thailand.

South Korea

I spent a week in South Korea meeting with agents (organisations that help people study overseas). I stayed in Seoul for three nights, before taking the high-speed train to Busan.

Here are a few snaps from my meetings:

Meeting the amazing team at HJ Global Edu in Busan.

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Introducing Daniel Maine

Posted on 05/07/2016 by
ITC's new short course tutor, Daniel Maine, enjoying a holiday in Paris.

ITC’s new short course tutor, Daniel Maine, enjoying a holiday in Paris. His travel and tourism career has taken him all around the world!

Daniel Maine recently joined the ITC Tourism Education Team as a short course tutor. Below he tells us a little bit about his career to-date, and his healthy travel obsession. 

Travel, food, fashion, wine, culture and history are some of my greatest passions, and the reasons why I travel the world. Once I graduated with IATA/UFTAA and Travel & Tourism diplomas, I briefly moved abroad. I love travelling so can never get enough, and without hesitation I would pack my bags when an occasion arises. Luckily, I was able to visit my most favourite and exotic places that I once hung posters of in my room.

Returning to NZ I decided to pursue what I had studied for and successfully started my career with our national carrier, Air New Zealand. For the next 10 years I gained so much experience as a Senior Customer Services Agent in every aspect of airport life, from Check-In to Airport Operational roles. I enjoyed meeting new people, made great long lasting friendships, and am a proud Air New Zealander.

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‘Three lessons I learned running the Everest Marathon’ – Mel Fey

Posted on 21/06/2016 by
ITC Tourism Education Team Leader Mel Fey strikes a pose on her trek up to Base Camp.

ITC Tourism Education Team Leader Mel Fey strikes a pose on her trek up to Everest Base Camp.

ITC Tourism Education Team Leader Mel Fey recently ran the Everest Marathon in Nepal; a 42.2km high-altitude run from Base Camp to Namche Bazaar. Below, she shares three life lessons she learned during this incredible, challenging, life-changing experience.

1. You’re always capable of more than you think you are

You read stories all the time of amazing people who, sometimes against all odds, achieve amazing goals. And you might think, “Oh, but I couldn’t do that…”

I’m here to tell you that you can. Don’t sell yourself short. You can achieve anything you want to. You cannot possibly just sit and wait for the impossible to happen without a little hard work.  I always say ‘you cannot make diamonds without a little pressure’.  You need to prepare, work hard or train and participate.

You may not win the race like me but you certainly win in achieving the goals of your dreams.

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